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Virginia Valian, a psychologist at CUNY, has done important work illuminating how gender schemas play a role in evaluation.  Some time ago (2005) she published a paper “Beyond Gender Schemas: Improving the Advancement of Women in Academia” Hypatia 20(3): 198-213, that is now available online (follow link , visible when viewing full post).  I would strongly recommend that…

Seeking Solidarity

I am a graduate student in a department with serious diversity issues including problems with sexual harassment. Another female graduate student and I work endlessly for climate change to little avail. One major roadblock I’ve noticed is the lack of support from other women–both students and faculty–in the department. Some female students have admitted that…

Untrustworthy Activist?

I am a faculty member at major graduate program. Like many such programs we have a variety of climate problems. Also like many departments we have many members working to improve our practices and improve the situation. One graduate student who has been especially active in departmental discussions of our problems has also been active…

Senior Faculty Blow-up

I just was approached by a wonderful junior colleague I have, someone I am really hoping our department can keep, who was very upset about the following.  Having proposed some changes to our handbook for the department, another, senior colleague blew up at him in front of the chair.  Apparently this has happened at least…

Philosophy Ph.D. Glut?

Given that there is an enormous oversupply of philosophy Ph.D.s, don’t departments (esp. those with bad placement records) have a responsibility to admit fewer students to Ph.D. programs?  or at least to take some reasonable means to prevent them from having terrible employment prospects once they’ve made it through 5 or 7 years of grad…

Sources for Workshops

On Nov 14th and 21st the graduate students at the University of Calgary will be hosting two “Gender Inequality” workshops. The first session is on: gender inequality data, reasons to think that this data points toward a problem of gender inequality, suggestions of the root of the problem beyond explicit bias (implicit bias, stereotype threat)…

Complaining about Harassment

Multiple students said last year that they thought complaining about harassment would “ruin people’s lives.”  I feel like I don’t know where to begin, to correct this impression. And I can’t tell them no one’s life is ever negatively affected by being the object of complaint.  How to begin disrupting this? What steps have others…